Another Happy Birthday

Little Man picked this lovely bouquet for me today. Don’t you just want to kiss his cheeks?

Today was Russ’ 46th birthday! To add to the excitement, we had friends visiting. We hung out in the backyard, went to the pool, and consumed a lot of good food.

I am very blessed to have my dear friend, Signe, nearby. Her family brought a little boy home from Ethiopia last spring, so now rather than just being a supportive friend, she is sharing the experience of international adoption with me. We’ve met a lot of other neat friends along the way, and this weekend Andrea, and her family came to visit. Marissa and her crew were going to join us, but they got sick and had to miss the fun.

You can see Andrea’s husband on the left and Signe’s husband on the right, with a bunch of cute kids in the mix. With seven Ethiopian children, it was like a mini reunion.

Honeybee arranged the candles in a 46 and then added a few more to get all 46 candles on the cake. It was actually quite warm with the candles blazing.

You have to check out this recipe from The Pioneer Woman for Asian Noodle Salad; it was a huge hit. There is lots of chopping involved, but you feel healthy just handling all of the veggies that go in this tasty dish. Signe did her fair share of the slicing and dicing and we all chatted while we worked, so it went quickly. Pioneer Woman’s site is also great for learning new photography techniques, which I love to do, but don’t seem to have time for right now.

Tomorrow I am heading back to Seattle for another appointment with our extraordinary therapist. This time Dimples will meet with her too. Mimi is coming along to keep me company; thankfully she can drive when I get too sleepy on the way home.

Sweet Pea called from France today where she is having a lovely visit. It was great to hear her voice and share her excitement over all that she is experiencing.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Jess
    June 13, 2009

    Happy Birthday Russ! And yes, I would love to kiss little man's cheeks! He's getting so big! my goodness!Good luck tomorrow!

  2. The Barr Family
    June 13, 2009

    Happy birthday Russ!

  3. Shonni
    June 14, 2009

    Your little man is Precious!!! Such cute pictures. Isn't is wonderful to share life with friends and family!

  4. Kathrin
    June 14, 2009

    Happy Birthday from Germany Russ!
    The party must have been wonderful.

  5. Andrea H.
    June 14, 2009

    Happy Birthday Russ! Thanks Lisa for opening up your home to be with us. You company has been simply amazing. Miss you already.

  6. Signe
    June 14, 2009

    Thanks for letting us share in the celebration. I love that picture of little man, what a great smile.

    Hope all goes well in Seattle.

  7. Leslie
    June 14, 2009

    Happy birthday to Russ! What a fun weekend. Praying for the therapy to be very fruitful.

  8. Marissa
    June 17, 2009

    Happy birthday to Russ! I wish we could have been there but am glad we'll see you soon!


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